‘Underworld’ Almost Didn’t Get Made

Even though Underworld is today a well-established action-horror franchise, getting the vampire vs. lycans story off the ground was no easy feat. This month, as the first movie celebrates its 20th anniversary, Collider’s Carly Lane spoke to franchise director Len Wiseman (Total Recall) to celebrate and go over behind-the-scenes details of the franchise. The story centered around Selene (Kate Beckinsale), a vampire who is trying to understand why the centuries-old war with the lycans was put in place after coming in contact with a hybrid from both species named Michael (Scott Speedman).

​ In celebration of Underworld’s 20th anniversary, director Len Wiseman spoke about the origin story of the now-beloved franchise.